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Federal Government Restarting Indigenous Consultations, Won’t Appeal Trans Mountain Ruling

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Federal Government Restarting Indigenous Consultations, Won't Appeal Trans Mountain Ruling

Trans Mountain Pipeline // Kinder Morgan

The Liberal government won’t be appealing the Federal Court of Appeals ruling regarding the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi made the announcement Wednesday morning in Ottawa.

Instead, the Liberals are going to restart Phase III consultations and speak with all 117 Indigenous groups affected by the project.

“As we have said many times before, the most important relationship to our Government is with Indigenous peoples. We will work to address concerns of First Nations and M├ętis communities to move forward in the right way on this project in accordance with the Court’s direction,” Sohi said in a statement.

“We are bringing in the best possible expertise and independent advice to ensure that we move forward in the right way.”

Former Supreme Court justice Frank Iacobucci has been appointed to oversee these new consultations.

These recently introduced measures build on the Liberals announcement last month where they gave the National Energy Board 22-weeks to reconsider its environmental recommendations – taking into account the effects of project-related marine shipping.

NEB has responded by planning a public hearing, however, no date has been set.

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